As Canadian as a .455 Colt

By Branko Diklitch for

As a member of the Commonwealth and neighbor to the USA, Canada’s early military pistols have been a mix of American and British pistols and calibers.  Canada’s first military pistol round was the .45 Colt, chambered in the Colt 1878 Double Action Revolver.  By the beginning of World War I Canada settled on the British .455 Webley round chambered in a variety of Webley, Smith & Wesson, and Colt revolvers.

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Guns of Canada

The Vickers Machine Gun


A .303 caliber water cooled machine gun developed by the Vickers Company before the First World War for the British army seen here in use by Canadian PPCLI soldiers training in England circa 1942.